10/08/2017 — If you’ve never been to a Hot Wheels convention before, you should plan to make it out to Los Angeles for next year’s convention which should be around the 1st week of October. Personally I had too many great highlights, finds and memories to share here as I know most of you aren’t here to hear me geek out, but rather to see the sneaks that were shown at last night’s convention finale. Lots of great information was shared in addition to these images, so I will share that here as well.
2018 Hot Wheels Basic Assortment (Mainline)
Hot Wheels designer Dmitriy “Dima” Shahkmatov took the stage to introduce the 2018 Hot Wheels Basic Assortment (Mainline) since he had a huge part in designing some of the newer castings for 2018. He also introduced his new casting: the Mach Speeder, while cracking many jokes.
Dima mentioned that Ryu Asada designed the new ’16 Cadillac ATS-VR.
The Racing Sled was put in as a joke (or was it?) … even if it was, it sounds like a “What If…” series may come to fruition.
Hot Wheels Designer, Brendan Vetuskey had the Chevy Nomad retooled so the large air vents in the hood were like the Classic Nomad. I learned Brendan is quite the stickler for detail, so I’m sure there are other added details in this as well!
Phil Riehlman is taking on more design projects. He designed the new ’17 Jeep Wrangler since he is a jeep guy himself… although his jeep still has stock wheels according to Dima.
Kool Kombi was introduced… every cheered. The flame / treasure hunt logo was spotted… everyone cheered.
Turns out those rumors about Sung Kang’s Maverick were correct after all.
…as were those images of the “Unnamed Hamburger Car” we shared.
Another Super Treasure Hunt for 2018 is discovered. The ’17 Camaro ZL1.
With that said, Super Treasure Hunts are so 2017, as 2018 basic assortments will contain the HW 50th Race Team Ultimate Chase Car… Malaysian factory workers are going to love this one.
Should be a good year for mail-in promotions once again… now to locate a Kmart that is still open, thats the real trick!
2018 Themed Assortments
Themed Assortments are back: Chevy Trucks 100th (Walmart), Camaro (Walmart), Decades (Target), ZAMAC Flames (Walmart) and 50th Anniversary Black & Gold.
Pop Culture is back again with five series for 2018. So far, we know Nestle brands will be done again, along with art by DC Comics Artist, Alex Ross … a true inspiration to Packaging Designer, Julian Koiles.
We got a heavy dose of Car Culture which started the last series for 2017 (Cars & Donuts) AND an unexpected 5-car box set which will contain the “6th car” for the five 2017 series: HW Redliners, Air-Cooled, Race Day, Modern Classics and Cars & Donuts. These will be sold on HotWheelsCollectors.com either late this year or very early in 2018.
Check out that license plate! It was hinted that this Mustang is a shout out to Vanilla Ice.
2018 Car Culture will feature increased details (with all vehicles receiving headlight and taillight detail), along with a larger card… and a slightly larger price point. However, by the looks of it, these cars will be worth it! The first three series are Japan Historics 2, Cargo Carriers and Eurospeed.
Once of the biggest surprises was the announcement of the Team Transport line. It will be done at the Car Culture level, but with two vehicles (one of them a behemoth), and the price point will be around $13.99.
The HotWheelsCollectors.com O16 should conclude by the end of 2018, but thats not news. What is news… is that there will be a O16 set where all the castings will be featured in a different color than their O16 release. It will be available exclusively on HotWheelsCollectors.com
The 2018 Red Line Club Membership car is the Datsun Bluebird 510 (did you expect anything else at this point?). It will have the honor of being the first HWC or RLC vehicle to wear Neo-Classic Redline Real Riders.
Super Dope Swag
The Hot Wheels Collector Case was unveiled at the autograph signings and it was revealed that Hot Wheels Designer, Eric Han was the man behind this one. It should retail for around $50 and be out sometime in the fall of 2018.
Two really cool assortments were revealed in conjunction with the 50th Anniversary. The first one labeled as “National Promo Asst.” features five modern castings that have the feel of castings that were used in 1968. It appears these will be in stores (in the U.S.) on May 19.
Lastly is the 50th Anniversary Favorites line. This should be a desirable set.
As if the slideshow wasn’t enough, Jimmy, Dima, Brendan, Julian and Mike shared with us some live samples of these cars (and others), right there on stage.
That’s it! What was your favorite? Please feel free to share below.